Carter Says He Will Be an Auburn Tiger

Alabama's top defensive tackle prospect made his decision on Monday.

Greenville, Ala.--Deciding to get his decision out of the way before his senior season, big Kenneth Carter had plenty of options to choose from but on Monday he committed to the Auburn Tigers at a ceremony at Greenville High.

A regular visit to Auburn this spring and summer, the defensive lineman says he built a comfort level with the new AU coaching staff that helped make his decision.

"I like the coaching staff with Coach (Gene) Chizik and Coach (Tracy) Rocker and Trooper Taylor, he's crazy," Carter says. "Just being around Auburn Tigers football it's about tradition. On the walls you have Coach Rocker throwing people down. You've got Karlos Dansby making tackles. I love that.

"You've got the Hall of Fame Room, the Heisman Room with Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan. It's just a really good school. The people are very friendly and straightforward. They're not going to beat around the bush. They are good people."

A 6-5, 280-pounder with good speed and quickness, Carter had offers from Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Kentucky, Ole Miss and others before choosing the Tigers.

The coaching staff played a big part in Carter's decision to choose the Tigers in the long run. Making several visits to the Plains with the most recent for the one-day Senior Camp two weeks ago, Carter says the comfort level he felt with Auburn was a major reason for choosing the Tigers.

"That was big because you've got to feel comfortable with the school you're basing your life on," Carter notes.

Playing both defensive tackle and offensive guard for Coach Ben Blackmon last season, Carter made 60 tackles with six sacks on defense and that's likely where he'll line up in college.

"He is a talented player, a hard worker and he is a team player," Blackmon says. "He is a great athlete with a lot of potential. We are going to need his leadership to be successful.

"He has excellent size," Blackmon adds. "He is every bit of six-foot-five and he is 270 now. He is a very coachable player with an excellent demeanor. He has a smile on his face and we enjoy having him on our team."

Carter is expected to play both ways as a senior for Greenville High School.

Blackmon notes that the Greenville coaches are working with Carter this year to improve his consistency. "He needs to have the mentality that he is going to whip the opponent he is going against all of the time," Blackmon says. "If he takes that attitude on the field for every play, nobody will stop him."

With speed in the 4.8 range in the 40-yard dash, Carter is a player with tremendous upside as a defensive tackle. His strength numbers are solid with a 300 bench, 485 squat and 300 power clean.

Carter becomes Auburn's 14th commitment joining offensive tackle Clad Slade and wide receiver Antonio Goodwin as the most recent players to choose the Tigers.

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